World Book Day (UK & Ireland)

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World Book Day | 3 March 2016

It's World Book Day (UK & Ireland) and we hope that those celebrating are having a tip-toppling, whoopsey-whiffling, wondercrump day!

World Book Day is here! Children all across the UK and Ireland are dressing up as their favourite book characters and celebrating authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) reading!

This year we're even more excited because Roald Dahl's The Great Mouse Plot is one of the World Book Day £1 books! What's that you ask? Well thanks to National Book Tokens and partnerships with schools all over the country, more than 14 million £1 book tokens will be distributed to children and can be exchanged for a £1 World Book Day book!

So what's Roald Dahl's The Great Mouse Plot all about?

It's a true story all about the time Roald Dahl and his school friends tricked a 'small skinny old hag' who ran his local sweet shop in Llandaff, Cardiff.

Every day Roald and his friends would walk past the sweet shop, filled with irresistible jars of delicious gobstoppers and sticky treacle toffees, and encouter the mean, filthy, horrible Mrs Pratchett.

By far the most loathsome thing about Mrs Pratchett was the filth that clung around her.

Then one day at school, in their secret hiding place under a loose floor-board, they found a dead mouse. This was the moment Roald decided it was time to play a little trick on Mrs Pratchett...

I must tell you, therefore, that it was I and I alone who had the idea for the great and daring Mouse Plot. We all have our moments of brilliance and glory, and this was mine.

We won't give away the rest of the story but needless to say Roald's dastardly plan did have some consequences!

To read the full story either pick up the World Book Day £1 book or you can read The Great Mouse Plot chapter in Boy: Tales of Childhood.

If you or your child are dressing up as a Roald Dahl character for World Book Day we'd love to see your pictures! Share your photos on our FacebookTwitter or Instagram and we'll take a look!

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